Shanon Brownlee, 2012 Woodrow Wilson Visiting FellowVisiting Woodrow Wilson Fellow Shannon Brownlee, a nationally known author, health care advocate and acting director of the New America Foundation’s Health Policy Program, will spend a week at Saint Mary’s College of California and will deliver a public lecture entitled "Obamacare or Romneycare? Why Debate Over Healthcare Reform is Missing the Point.”

Brownlee’s lecture will be held February 14, 2012  at 7 p.m. at the Saint Mary’s College Soda Activity Center, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga CA, 9455. The lecture is free and open to the public.

During Brownlee’s visit — from February 12-17, 2012 — she’ll speak with student groups, visit classes and discuss the current state of health care in our nation. A topic that is of extreme importance during the 2012 presidential race, as the U.S. Supreme Court will examine the constitutionality of President Obama’s Health Care Act in March 2012.

An accomplished health journalist and essayist, Brownlee has written about avoiding unnecessary medical treatment, dangerous aspects of American hospitals and other health care concerns for national publications such as the Atlantic Monthly, Los Angeles Times, New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Slate, Time, Washington Monthly, Washington Post and the British medical journal BMJ.  Her book “Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer,was named the best economics book of 2007 by the New York Times.

A former senior writer and editor at U.S. News & World Report, Brownlee lectures regularly at universities, medical schools, and in public venues. She’s received numerous journalism awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award, the 2010 American Society of Journalists and Authors June Roth Award for Medical Journalism, and the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, administered by the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C., brings prominent non-academic professionals to campuses across the United States for seminars, workshops and lectures.

For more than three decades Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows have introduced students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community and achievement. Saint Mary’s College has participated in the Visiting Fellows program for 20 years.

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